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  1. Andy Flynn
    18/09/2019 at 5:32 am

    Hi Michael – new here so apologies if you’ve covered some of this before.

    Isn’t the Good Place fantastic? Although I don’t think the subsequent seasons have topped the high of the season 1 finale, it’s been a consistently funny and endearing journey. I’m glad that the creators have said that the next season will be the last – it gives me confidence that they have a full, satisfying story arc planned and they’re not winging it.

    I had a couple of recommendations based on your TV and movie viewings:
    Dark, on Netflix, is exceptional sci-fi drama. If you enjoyed Looper, Twelve Monkeys or just tightly scripted time travel in general then I would highly recommend it. It’s a slow burn, but gripping. It’s in German with either dubbed audio or subtitles.

    Mandy, starring Nic Cage, is absolutely worth a watch if you enjoy seeing peak Cage. It’s absolutely the best film he’s done for years. Utterly, utterly crazy. Very bloody, very violent.

    I haven’t played Cities Skylines for a while. Are you using any mods? I recall that there were some specifically design to offer quality of life improvements like greater control over traffic, junctions, rate of car spawning and so on, that take some of the frustration out of the game, and bring a bit more clarity to the pretty arcane logic that sometimes underpins the system.

    • 18/09/2019 at 5:32 am

      Hi Andy, lovely to see you here!

      I agree that there has been no reveal in the Good Place that remotely tops the finale of S1, but it’s consistently some of the smartest and most engaging TV. I’m disappointed they won’t be doing more than four seasons but you’re absolutely right it’s better they end it on their terms than let it drag out until everyone involved seemingly hates it and themselves (*cough*Simpsons*cough*).

      You’re the second person that has recommend Dark to me in the past couple of weeks, so I’m going to add it to my Post-Depth Year wishlist . Haven’t heard of Mandy but I do like Cage when he is being – well, Nic Cage. There was a really nice Wisecrack on Nicholas Cage a while ago that got me reflecting on what I want out of his performances: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8IfDNHsCLE

      No mods for Cities Skylines for me – I find it difficult to stop using mods. It starts off with ‘This switches off some UI annoyances’ and ends up with Thomas the Tank Engine trains spraying Nyan-Cat trails behind them. Just One More Mod. I enjoyed playing it, but also I liked that I didn’t lose weeks to it. It stayed long enough to be fun and didn’t keep me drawn in long enough to feel like a chore. I actually think games that finish (or give you a psychological escape point) when you still like them are wonderful. Some games have difficulties saying goodbye to their players. 😀

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